Have you ever really stopped what you were doing and wondered how many people use the television as a babysitter for their kids without really ever admitting it?
Well let me be the first to stand up and say that I do at times. When I want to take a shower real quick, or need to fold laundry and put it away in other rooms. When I want 10 minutes to go to the bathroom without someone following me and documenting every single movement I do in there. While I’m not ashamed to admit it, I do feel bad at times when I see Monkey throw a temper tantrum when I turn the cartoons off. Or how about when I’ve spent over an hour in the kitchen cleaning and putting things way vs. spending time with the kids. But let’s be honest shall we…With all the things that have to be done during the day we just don’t have time to devote 100% of our 24 hours to our kids.
With that said, let me get to my complaint and frustration right now. I absolutely CAN NOT stand the parents that put their kids in front of the TV and never interact with them. I am dealing with such a case right now with a daycare kid. His dad has told me over the past 2 weeks that they let him watch Nick Jr and eat his dinner in his room by himself. Now this little boy is only 2 years old. He has absolutely no social skills whatsoever. I just don’t understand how a parent can come home every single night, and just shove parenting over to NickJr. What if the child choked while eating dinner? They wouldn’t know till they randomly popped in to check on them, if and when they do that is a mystery. How is that child supposed to develop the skills needed to make it in life? I can just imagine him to grow up as a very lonely isolated person and it following him into adulthood. Or he could grow up to be the trouble maker vying for attention because he never once received it as a kid.
Dunno, just know that it irritates me when people go to the extreme, it’s like what was the point in even bringing this child into the world if all you are going to do is toss the responsibility off to inanimate objects or other people. Sadly that seems to be the status quo for today’s society though. No one accepting responsibility for their own actions, always escaping consequences or responsibilities to do what’s “fun” for the moment.
Gaah I could on and on about how much I loathe society most days but really that’s another soapbox tangent that’ll be saved for another day.
Until then… what do you use to entertain the kidlets when you need to do something else?